Clifton, County Cavan
The townland name is an anglicisation of the Gaelic placename Clochán which means ‘A small beehive-shaped stone house”. The 1790 Cavan Carvaghs list spells the name as Cloghan.
It is bounded on the north & east by Aghavoher townland, on the south by Breandrum, Tullyhunco and Berrymount townlands and on the west by Mullynagolman townland. Its chief geographical features are some small drumlin hills reaching to 300 feet above sea-level. Clifton is traversed by Ardlougher lane. The townland covers 82 statute acres.
It formed part of the termon lands belonging to Tomregan Roman Catholic Church which were granted to the Protestant Bishop of Kilmore in 1610 as part of the Plantation of Ulster. By a lease dated 6 April 1612 the said bishop granted the lands to Sir Oliver Lambart of Kilbeggan, County Westmeath and Sir Garret Moore, 1st Viscount Moore of Mellifont, County Louth. On 17 July 1639 the bishop re-granted the lands to Charles Lambart, 1st Earl of Cavan. In the 1740s the bishop leased the land to John Jones for 21 years. This lease was renewed to his descendant John Copeland Jones on 20 May 1843. In the 1860s the holder of the lease was David Fielding Jones.
The Tithe Applotment Books for 1827 list the following tithepayers in the townland- Berry, Faris, Pringle.
The Ordnance Survey Name Books for 1836 give the following description of the townland- Lies in the South of the parish, 3 miles from Ballyconnell. Bishop's land. Held on lease by Jones. Lease rent 5 shillings & 6d per arable acre. The houses are built of mud. The soil produces oats and potatoes.
In 1841 the population of the townland was 36, being 16 males and 20 females. There were five houses in the townland, all were inhabited.
In 1851 the population of the townland was 27, being 12 males and 15 females, the reduction being due to the Great Famine (Ireland). There were three houses in the townland, all were inhabited.
In 1861 the population of the townland was 24, being 12 males and 12 females. There were three houses in the townland, all were inhabited.
In 1871 the population of the townland was 20, being 12 males and 8 females. There were three houses in the townland, all were inhabited (page 279 of census).
In 1881 the population of the townland was 21, being 13 males and 8 females. There were three houses in the townland, all were inhabited.
In 1891 the population of the townland was 15, being 8 males and 7 females. There were three houses in the townland, all were inhabited.
- A Bronze-Age ring-barrow on the border with Aghavoher (Site number 94, page 20, Aghavoher townland, in “Archaeological Inventory of County Cavan”, Patrick O’Donovan, 1995, where it is described as- Marked 'Fort' on OS 1836 and 1876 eds. Sited on the S slope of a steep hill. Raised circular area (int. diam. 11.8m) enclosed by a low earthen bank with a wide, deep internal fosse. The internal area is greatly disturbed by a modern field boundary running NNW-SSE which divides the site into two roughly equal portions. Original entrance not recognisable.)
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